Morgan Smith Reporter

Morgan Smith reports on politics and education for the Tribune, which she joined in November 2009. She writes about the effects of the state budget, school finance reform, accountability and testing in Texas public schools. Her political coverage has included congressional and legislative races, as well as Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign, which she followed to Iowa and New Hampshire. In 2013, she received a National Education Writers Association award for "Death of a District," a series on school closures. After earning a bachelor's degree in English from Wellesley College, she moved to Austin in 2008 to enter law school at the University of Texas. A San Antonio native, her work has also appeared in Slate, where she spent a year as an editorial intern in Washington D.C.

Recent Contributions

Picking the Friendliest Among Friendly Incumbents

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst ends the 83rd regular session an announces a special session to begin at 6:00PM on May 27, 2013.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst ends the 83rd regular session an announces a special session to begin at 6:00PM on May 27, 2013.
Texas Weekly

One of the really interesting things about this election cycle is watching the big boys under the Dome — the trade associations — pick whom to back in the crowded fields of GOP contenders for statewide office.

Abbott Keeps Mum on Vouchers and Education Funding

Audrey Abbott, left, joins her father, Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, to greet (from right) Matthew Tucker, Ellen Tucker, Michael Tucker and Joy Baughman during a block walk on Nov. 9., 2013, in Austin.
Audrey Abbott, left, joins her father, Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, to greet (from right) Matthew Tucker, Ellen Tucker, Michael Tucker and Joy Baughman during a block walk on Nov. 9., 2013, in Austin.

Texas gubernatorial hopeful Greg Abbott held back from taking a position on private school vouchers or state education funding during a Wednesday appearance at a San Antonio charter school.  

SBOE Blocks Great Hearts Charter School Expansion

Parents look over books and ask questions about curriculum during a parent information session for the new Great Hearts Monte Vista Charter School to open in San Antonio at Temple Beth-El, October 29, 2013.
Parents look over books and ask questions about curriculum during a parent information session for the new Great Hearts Monte Vista Charter School to open in San Antonio at Temple Beth-El, October 29, 2013.

The State Board of Education on Friday denied an Arizona-based charter school's application for a Dallas campus, despite previous approval from the state's education commissioner. 

Education Chairmen Join Algebra II Fray at SBOE

Education bill sponsors Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, l, and Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen chat after the signing of HB 5 education reform on June 10, 2013.
Education bill sponsors Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, l, and Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen chat after the signing of HB 5 education reform on June 10, 2013.

Two top state lawmakers made an unexpected visit Wednesday evening to urge the State Board of Education to follow their lead on which courses to require in high school graduation plans.